Myrtle Beach electricians continue to teach homeowners how to safely use and manage their electrical system. It is extremely important for homeowners to learn and practice electrical safety as this is often the only thing that prevents them from electrical shock, electrical fire and other related disasters and emergencies.
It is not only the responsibility of electrical contractors to keep every home and electrical system safe. Homeowners also have their own responsibilities to keep their families safe from any electrical related dangers. Here are some safety tips that homeowners should keep in mind to protect their entire household from experiencing electrical shock and other similar emergencies.
Electric outlets should be covered when not in use
According to local electricians, outlets are where members of the household can easily get an electrical shock. This is why it is important that outlets be covered when not in use, most especially for households with young children and pets. Your children and pets might play with your outlets, sticking their toys or fingers in them. As a result, they may accidentally get a shock. Your pets, on the other hand, may lick or stick their wet tongue in the outlet, which might give them electrical shock.
There are safety covers for outlets that you can buy from your local hardware store. Make sure you put these safety covers in the rooms where your kids and pets play. Also make sure that your outlets are tightly secured to the wall using tight bolts. If you do not want to use safety outlet covers, you can opt to have MB Electrician Pros replace your outlets with the updated ones that has safety features. These three-pronged outlets no longer need safety covers because they already have a safety feature.
Learn about how your electrical system is set up
The reason why you need to learn about your electrical system set up is for you to know where to appropriately plug in your appliances, particularly the ones that require high voltage to operate. These include your washer, refrigerator, home theater system and air conditioning units.
If you know about your electrical system set up, you will also know the types of lighting fixtures that are safe to use in your home. Keep in mind that bulbs and other light fixtures has different wattages. Thus, you should know the maximum wattage that is provided in different areas of your home so you can use the appropriate bulbs and avoid overloading your electrical system and wiring.
Have your electrician replace damaged electrical equipment immediately.
Your electrical devices and outlets can get damaged with time, especially if you use them frequently. You will know when to change them if you notice sparks whenever you plug them in. Also, you should remember to avoid using your electrical devices with wires that are frayed or split open. Whenever you notice any of these, you should have them replaced immediately.
Protect and organize your cords
Another common cause of electrical shock and other related problems stem from improper handling and management of your cords. Thus, it is important that you learn how to protect and organize your cords. When using them, you should make sure they are not twisted or knotted as these can easily result in tearing or splitting them, which can quickly lead to electrical sparks and fire.
You can opt to use cord organizers that are available from your local hardware store to keep your cords from being twisted and knotted. These organizers also prevent your cords from getting entangled with each other, creating a safety hazard for you and the rest of your family.
MB Electrician Pros continues to assist homeowners with their electrical system needs. Should you need their professional assistance or recommendations, call them today and speak with their electricians.
MB Electrician Pros
5335 N. Kings Hwy #211
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577